Wednesday, August 15, 2012

INEC Reports Fake voter-registration in Ondo as SSAEAC proffers ways out of PHCN, labour face- off

THE Independent National Electoral
Commission, INEC, in Ondo State, yesterday,
raised the alarm that an unnamed political
party was compiling a fake voter-register
ahead of the October 20 governorship election.
But, the Akeredolu Campaign Organisation has
challenged the commission to name the
political party involved in the illegal voter-
registration.

In a statement in Akure, by its Head of Public
Affairs, Mrs. Celina Beckley, INEC said the
voter-registration was illegal and contravened
the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended).
It warned the “political party involved to
desist from such act as the security operatives
had been alerted to deal with anyone or group
of people caught in the act.”

The commission urged members of the public
“not to trade with their voter-cards, but keep
them safely and be ready to present them at
the polling unit so that they can vote in the
forthcoming governorship election.”
In another development, the Police authorities
in the state, yesterday, asked political party
leadership to curb their members’ violent
tendencies.

According to the command Image Maker, Mr.
Adeniran Aremu, in a statement, in Akure,
warned politicians in the state against actions
that could provoke violent retaliatory reactions
from other parties.

Meantime, the Akeredolu Campaign
Organisation, through its Director of Media,
Publicity and Strategy, Mr. Idowu Ajanaku, has
challenged INEC to name the party allegedly
involved in the illegal voter- registration.
Ajanaku said his party, Action Congress of
Nigeia, ACN, in Ondo State, had raised alarm
that another party had embarked on illegal
registration in the state under certain
pretences, adding that it was a plot to
compromise the election.

Meanwhile as the Federal Government and
organised labour today in Abuja, meet on the
lingering dispute over unresolved labour issues
and soldiers occupation of Power Holding
Company of Nigeria, PHCN, Senior Staff of
Electricity and Allied Companies, SSAEAC, has
suggested ways to address the imbroglio.

It will be recalled that Nigeria Labour
Congress, NLC, last Wednesday, gave
Government one-week ultimatum to withdraw
soldiers from PHCN installations and
commence meaningful dialogue with the unions
in the sector or face a nationwide strike.

SSAEAC in a seven-page petition to the
Chairman of the Senate Committee on Power
and his House of Representatives counterpart,
detailed the genesis of the current crisis and
alleged tissues of lies and misinformation
being giving out to the public by the agents of
the executive.

The petition by President-General and General
Secretary of SSAEAC, Bede Opara and Abiodun
Ogunsegha said: “The issues of pension,
gratuity and supperannuation fund must be
addressed conoclusively. Government should
pay gratuity to all in accordance with provision
of the Staff Condition of Service reviewed in
2010.”

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